Women in Space Science

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Women in Space Science Award Program and Student Program

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium hosted its annual Women in Space Science Award Celebration. For fifteen years, the Women’s Board has recognized trailblazing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the goal of inspiring young women to pursue careers in these disciplines.

In addition to an award luncheon, featuring a keynote presentation given by this year’s honoree, the celebration included a private afternoon program for approximately 250 young women from Chicago-area schools. Led by the award recipient and Adler astronomers and educators, students engaged in hands-on, minds-on STEM workshops.

The Women in Space Science Award Celebration raises funds to support the Adler’s STEM education programming.

Award Celebration

11:30 am
The Drake Hotel

The 2017 Women in Space Science Award Celebration was held at The Drake Hotel on Thursday, May 11, 2017. It featured a reception for event attendees and a keynote presentation given by honoree, Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic.

2017 Award Celebration Chairs

Capt. Donna Beering, Chair
Dr. Carsi Hughes, Vice-Chair

Meet 2017 Honoree Beth Moses

The Adler presented the 2017 Women In Space Science award to Beth Moses. Beth is the SpaceShipTwo Interiors Program Manager and Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. Her teams are currently creating the customer cabin, training mockups, and spaceflight training program for Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts.

Beth is an aerospace engineer who joined Virgin Galactic from NASA where she served as the Spacewalk System Manager for the International Space Station (ISS). At NASA, she led the global program of human-in-the- loop tests to design the hardware used by spacewalkers to construct ISS in orbit.

She is a recipient of the Robert J. Collier trophy, the highest honor in American aerospace, for “successful design, development, and assembly of the world’s largest spacecraft, an orbiting laboratory, promising new discoveries for mankind and setting new standards for international cooperation in space.”

2017 Gold Sponsors

Amy Carbone 

Littelfuse Logo

MacLean-Fogg Logo

 

 

UL Logo

2017 Silver Sponsors

Accenture
Erika Lautman Bartelstein
Caroline Becker Joss and Linda I. Celesia
Captain Donna Beering
Rebecca Childers Caleel and Sherry Block
Citadel
Mel Cooney Higgins
The Hill Group
Dr. Carsi Hughes/Dominican University

ITW
Ingredion Incorporated
Lisa H. Lewis
Brooke MacLean
Carlette C. McMullan
Peoples Gas
Elisa Primavera-Bailey
S&C Electric Company
Sidley Austin LLP
Ulta Beauty

Past Honorees

2016
WENDY L. FREEDMAN
John & Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
The University of Chicago

2015
SUNITA L. WILLIAMS
Captain, U.S. Navy
NASA Astronaut

2014
GWYNNE SHOTWELL
President and COO
SpaceX

2013
AMBER GELL
Rocket Scientist &
Spacecraft Systems Engineer
NASA/Lockheed Martin

2012
DR. FRANCE A. CÓRDOVA
Director, National Science
Foundation

2011
COLONEL PAM MELROY
Space Shuttle Commander

2010
C. MEGAN URRY, PHD
Professor of Physics
and Astronomy
Yale University

 

2009
HEIDI HAMMEL, PHD
Senior Research Scientist
Space Science Institute

VERA RUBIN, PHD
Research Astronomer
Carnegie Institute
of Washington

2008
BARBARA RADDING MORGAN
Space Shuttle Astronaut

2007
JOAN E. HIGGINBOTHAM
Space Shuttle Astronaut

2006
COMMANDER EILEEN COLLINS
First woman to pilot a space shuttle

2005
MERCURY 13
Thirteen women trained
to be America’s first female
astronauts

2004
KATHY SULLIVAN, PHD
First American woman to
walk in space

2003
JILL CORNELL TARTER, PHD
Director of SETI Research
SETI Institute